Last night, I had the absolute pleasure of being invited back to Winvian in Morris, Connecticut for dinner and a tour. (See my previous post about a visit with my friends here.) I've been to the spa at Winvian, which is divine. It is a gorgeous, peaceful building where you feel in the middle of the most luxurious part of nature. For Christmas, I treated my mother to her first ever massage and WOAH. We were in the couples room, on heated massage tables in a room with a gorgeous stone fireplace which crackled and made the room smell incredible while we were pampered. Afterwards, we had the room to ourselves (or to share with a beautiful cheese plate and champagne, hehe). You don't have to be a guest to make use of the spa, so if you have the chance, I would recommend it in a heartbeat.
And as I have written about before, I have had the pleasure of having lunch there a couple of times and I am always blown away by not just the food (which is to die for) but the incredible service. If you want to be well looked after...this is the place.
Dinner was just as wonderful but on another level. Starting with a salad of microgreens, followed by caramelised scallops with fennel, then the most delicious chicken breast I have ever had and rounded out by three different desserts. YOU HEARD ME RIGHT, THERE WERE THREE SEPERATE DESSERT DELIVERIES TO ME. (I'd write home about all of them, but I would bring the chocolate and caramel mousse cake home to meet my parents.)
The highlight of the evening, and the Winvian itself, are the cottages which sit throughout the 113-acre estate. I was able to tour all but a couple of the cottages on this visit and they are like nothing I have ever seen before. As soon as I stepped into every cottage, my mouth dropped open and I felt like Alice in Wonderland exploring every painstaking detail supporting each theme. Highlights include:
The Music Cottage with a light installation on the ceiling in the shape of a G-clef.
Beaver Lodge (also described as the 'presidential suite') which has a beaver dam above the bed.
Woodlands which has the bath installed into the floor with a waterfall behind the bed.
The Library which actually has an open loft, accessed by a ladder and around the perimeter of the living room, where you can explore and make use of all the books you fancy.
The Charter Oak that is everything that epitomizes Connecticut, complete with a silo which houses a screened in porch at the top to view the entire property and a tree through the middle of the bedroom.
Connecticut Yankee (in King Arthur's Court) which features a bathroom reminiscent of Stonehenge (admittedly, all the bathrooms in the cottages are something to be in awe of).
Camping which features the most beautiful picture window and a ceiling painted like a gorgeous blue sky...until you turn off the lights when stars replace the sun. INCREDIBLE. I turned the lights on and off three times, and squealed each time :)
There is a treehouse...which speaks for itself.
Winvian is a destination, but the most amazing kind. If you're looking to give yourself or someone you love the most gorgeous and memorable treat you can, bring them here. You will never forget it! Make sure to visit the website and take a look inside all of the cottages for even more incredible images.
(Next time, I have got to sneak a peek of the Helicopter cottage...seriously...a helicopter!)